UP TO 6000 Tasmanians could be fined after a bungle has seen solar systems installed in breach of building laws.
A change introduced in November last year introduced solar panels into the Building Regulations Act for the first time, requiring permits for most systems.
Jessups Solar Squad managing director John Thurgood said he was unaware of the change until recently and installers were continuing to put up large systems without permits.
``Customers weren't aware, we weren't aware, they dug up this issue and they really should let it go,'' Mr Thurgood said.
Solar installers are already required to be accredited by the Clean Energy Council and a national standard requires an inspection before use.
Mr Thurgood estimated around 6000 systems had been installed since November, with the majority needing a permit.
``If it was rigidly enforced, clients would have to go and seek a certificate for the works,'' Mr Thurgood said.
``But we've had all these storms, really testing weather, but we haven't had any reports of systems affected . . . so where's the need?''
One council seeking explanations by issuing building notices to residents spotted with large systems is Brighton.
``If we see a breach we must take action . . . there is a requirement for councils to be involved under the regulation,'' building services officer Betty Stapenell said.
While the notice can lead to a fine, Ms Stapenell described them ``as a last resort'' and it was more likely to be resolved through council after a fee.
Several installers or retailers joined Mr Thurgood in claiming no knowledge of the regulation until recent weeks.
But Workplace Standards' new director of building control Dale Webster said the Clean Energy Council was informed last year and face-to-face meetings were held this year to reinforce the new laws.
A review, made public by Workplace Relations Minister David O'Byrne yesterday, was commissioned in August ``to see how much further we should go easing red tape in the sector''.
Mr O'Byrne said the review would be finished next week.
Greens energy spokesman Kim Booth continued to lead the charge against the red tape yesterday.
``Homeowners should be entitled to enjoy their properties and develop them without being accosted by a posse of coupon clippers and bureaucrats feasting on the regulatory fees for an unnecessary regulation,'' Mr Booth said.
Liberal treasury spokesman Peter Gutwein didn't offer support for the removal of the red tape, instead accused Mr Booth of playing politics.
``The Greens are in government with Labor and they should just get on and fix it rather than grandstanding for political purposes,'' Mr Gutwein said.
The Clean Energy Council did not return calls yesterday.
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